BRUTALITY – Interview

brutality_logoAmerican death metal legends Brutality I think they need no introduction, especially for those who caught the glorious times of death metal.With only three albums between 1993-1996 these guys from Florida were able to make history.About those times and not only Scott was kind enough to answer me some questions.

 

Hello and thank you for being agree to answer my questions. First of all I like to know how you met and how you decided to form Brutality? 

We were a group of angry teens in the 80’s who just wanted to play heavy music.

I am very curious to find out what music do you listen to those days and how it was extreme metal scene back then? 

Back in those days we were listening to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Venom, Hellhammer and Slayer. As far as a extreme metal scene there really wasn’t one.

brutality_imageI know that in the beginning you have named your band Abomination, and then Darkness. Why have you changed the name and how you got the name of Brutality?

We changed the name because at the time the other names were being used already. Jeff got the name Brutality out of a book he was reading.

Back in those days we were listening to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Venom, Hellhammer and Slayer. As far as a extreme metal scene there really wasn’t one.

I want to know why it took so long to release your debut album. Other death metal bands that started around the same time managed to release their debut album much sooner. Do you think that was a disadvantage for you?

Yes it was a disadvantage. Although we started around the same time, our earlier music and recordings were subpar and took the 92’ Screams of Aguish line up to move Brutality forward.

In 1993 you released your debut album “Screams Of Anguish.” How was received by the press and by the public? Personally, I think this album is one of the best in death metal genre. 

It was received well for those days but we think it is more excepted within the underground cult metal fans more now than then.

Next year you released “When The Sky Turns Black” and “In Mourning” two years later. Screams_of_AnguishWhat do you think are the differences between these albums compared to the first one and which do you think is the better of the first three records? Which album do you think is the fans favorite?

Both these were different from the first due to line up changes and production quality. We personally view all three differently for the time they were writing them and what was going on in our lives and the world. It seems that Screams of Anguish is a fan favorite.

In the early 90’s the death metal genre was very appreciated by the public and by the press, an example is MTV, which broadcast a lot of death metal bands back then (I admit that I witnessed those beautiful times !!!). What this meant for Brutality?

It meant nothing for Brutality we never got the push from our label so we just remained a underground band.

After three albums several lineup changes we just didn’t feel we could continue writing in the vein we wanted to play so we decided to call it quits and keep our name in the metal scene positive.

Do you have many tours back then? Which do you think it was the most successful for the band and which you enjoyed the most? 

We were able to do two European tours in our day the first with Hypocrisy in 94’ and a Second in 95’with Bolt Thrower and Cemetery. We had a blast on both tours.

In 1997 Brutality was broken up. What led to this, considering that you were already a name in the extreme metal scene? 

After three albums several lineup changes we just didn’t feel we could continue writing in the vein we wanted to play so we decided to call it quits and keep our name in the metal scene positive.

When_the_Sky_Turns_BlackAfter 1997 you had some attempts to reform the band but nothing was finalized until 2012. Why do you think you succeeded in 2012 and not earlier? 

The reunion of the Screams line up made it possible. The earlier attempts never felt right due to the line ups.

You released 2013 EP “Ruins Of Humans” containing two songs. How was received by the fans and how he was received by the press?

We have had nothing but positive reactions from fans and the media. 

What would you like to be known about this material?

It is just a small taste of what is coming to the Death Metal scene.

What is your opinion about this material? What do you like most about this EP, and I want to know if there is something you wish you did differently? 

This material was first writing and recorded as a demo to shop to labels after lots of fans wanting to hear we decided to release as EP. We like it due to its timeless sound of Brutality and there is something we would like to do different in many things in life.

If I’m not mistaken you record this material in “Screans Of Anguish” lineup. How did you feel back together after all this time?

It was like we never stopped.

After so many years of silence, I want to know and sure our readers would like to know when you release an album in the true sense? Honestly I can not wait a new album from your band and I think it is very necessary in today’s extreme music scene.

There will be a new Brutality album released in 2015.

Death Metal of today is not what it was in those days due to the Internet there may be more outlets but less concert/tour turnouts.

Since 2012 how was your live activity? I want to know if you intend to do some tours?If so,where?

We have done a Reunion show played Delaware Death Fest played with Master and have a show this Halloween with Old schoolers Viogression.

We hope that 2015 Brutality gets to play some of the Metal Fests globally.

How do you see death metal scene today compared to the 80’s and 90’s? In_Mourning

Death Metal of today is not what it was in those days due to the Internet there may be more outlets but less concert/tour turnouts.

What are the future plans for Brutality? 

We are currently writing a new album for our fans and will see what our destiny is after its release. Also plan on releasing a best of compilation entitled Orchestrated Devastation later this year.

Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview and if you want to add something in the end, please do it. 

We would like to say thanks to all of our fans worldwide and stay brutal.

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